The sixth annual Dr. Reza and Georgianna Clifford Khatib Chair in Comparative Religion spring lectures were held on April 3 on the Brooklyn Campus and April 10 on the Long Island Campus.
This year’s presentation, “Shi’ism and the Politics of the Hidden Imam” was delivered by 2014 Khatib Chair Mehdi Aminrazavi, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy and religion and co-director of the Center for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredricksburg, Va. Aminrazavi is currently teaching a religious studies course — RS 221 Saints, Sufis and Warriors of God: Shi’ism and Persian Culture — on both campuses for the spring 2014 semester. He specializes in the fields of Islamic studies, Islamic philosophy, theology and mysticism, philosophy of religion and medieval philosophy.
The first-ever endowed chair at St. Joseph’s College, the Khatib Chair in Comparative Religion was created in 2009 by Class of 1952 graduate Georgianna Clifford Khatib and her husband, Dr. Reza Khatib, to promote interfaith dialogue, with the study of Islam being an integral part of the initiative. Each spring, the chair hosts a noted scholar who will lecture, lead faculty discussions and teach a course at both the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses via video conference.